| Jun 26, 2013
| 1:51 PM
Hemorrhoids can be a painful and embarrassing condition, but many people suffer from it, especially as they get older. Luckily, the condition is easy to treat. Sergey Kantsevoy, director of the Center for Therapeutic Endoscopy at Mercy Medical Center,...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 11:06 AM
Constipation hits everybody at some point. The uncomfortable condition can be caused by many things, including a bad diet and dehydration. Dr. Vaibhav A. Parekh, director of Medstar Harbor Primary Care, talks about how to prevent and treat constipation,...
| Mar 10, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Statewide MSA testing is underway in the public schools this week, and the state's instructors have received their memo on how to handle a weather emergency, should one occur, in order to avoid disruption of the tests. A teacher (not the one......
| Nov 22, 2013
For more than a decade, Barbara Blane Toney has been dealing with the classic symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome: bloating, gas and abdominal distress.
Her doctors prescribed medication and over-the-counter supplements, treatments that only seemed...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Michael Douglas won rave reviews -- and an Emmy Award -- for his portrayal of Liberace in HBO's "Behind the Candelabra." And, just in time for award season, he's received one more: GQ magazine has named him Diva of the Year for their December issue....
| Oct 16, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Q: I have irritable bowel syndrome. I'm also about 20-25 pounds overweight. What kind of diet do I need to follow to address both of these issues?
A: Obesity and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are common problems. Still, it's not easy to prescribe a diet...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
A parent emailed me via our iPhone App recently to ask if her child's constipation, which started as he was transitioning from formula to whole milk, could be a sign of lactose intolerance. She was concerned because her son was having very hard stools....
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
They're the biggest contributors to improved digestion.
If you struggle with bloating, diarrhea, and constipation, your diet may be partly to blame. Certain foods and medications can cause these digestion problems. Likewise, eating too few fibrous...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 5:05 PM
Q: The best poison-ivy remedy I know of is Plantago. I've seen people use common plantain leaves rolled up tight until they start to ooze juice. Some people chew the leaves and then wipe the green saliva on the rash.
This works on poison ivy, bee...
| Apr 29, 2013
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April 29, 2013
Q: My 5-year-old daughter just had her adenoids and tonsils removed because of snoring...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 11:42 AM
Dear Pharmacist: I heard you recommend a drug called Lactulose as a laxative, but you said it helped with brain fog too. How can it work at both ends? — J.C., Decatur, Ill.
Dear J.C.: It's true. The prescription medication called Lactulose is...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 5:46 PM
Of the countless painful decisions surrounding a loved one's end-of-life care, among the trickiest is how to provide physical comfort in a way that also provides a dignified ending.
"For end of life, the opioids are very important for pain management,...